Whisky Magazine Issue 114
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?A round up of the auction world
?June delivers the counterpoint to the end of year sales. The effect on the WMI rankings can be dramatic as this year's sales rinse away last year's auction figures. Brisk trading in Ardbeg put an Islay single malt back in second place, ending Glenfiddich's impressive 15 month residency behind The Macallan. Ardbeg's sister distillery Glenmorangie moved ahead of Bowmore while Brora distillery secured a new highest ever ranking in the Index. Bottles from closed distilleries are performing better than ever as newly released stock from closed distilleries becomes rarer but more expensive to purchase at auction and on the shelves. Scrutiny of the WMI archives reveal that over two years, Brora moved from 31st to 17th, Port Ellen is up from 11th to seventh and WMI new entry St Magdalene is up from 40th to 25th. So what St Magdalene whiskies to collect? Contemporary distillery bottlings are desirably scarce with only the four releases of St Magdalene Rare Malts Series distilled in the 1970s and the Special Release Linlithgow 30 year old from 2004 to choose from. Alternatively, there is plenty of variety within the independent bottlings from G&M Connoisseur's Choice, Signatory, First Cask, Cadenhead, Douglas Laing to S. M. W. S. bottlings from distillery 49. With only around 100 bottles appearing at live auction per year, this rare Lowlander will always attract a healthy bidding audience.
?Auction Watch ?
Angus MacRaild presided over his final sale at Mulberry Bank in June where h...